Today is national Record Store Day, when CD/vinyl-peddling shops stock a slew of special releases — mostly on sweet, sweet wax — that have been been put together specifically for this day. Now in its seventh year, RSD is a celebration of local, independent record stores, as well as a chance for you to show your appreciation for those kinds of businesses with your wallet.
Bend has two such shops: Ranch Records and Recycle Music, though only Ranch is listed on the RSD page as an official participating store. But Recycle is definitely celebrating, too. Here’s a quick look at what each place is planning:
— At Ranch Records (831 N.W. Wall St.), they received more RSD 7″s than usual, so expect a big ol’ table of those somewhere, plus the usual bin of 12″s and 10″s. Ranch will also serve brownies and will make a bunch of old T-shirts from its stock available for free. They open at 10 a.m.
— At Recycle Music (3 N.W. Bond St.), everything in the store except new, sealed vinyl will be 20 percent off, and there will be food and drinks available. As for the RSD releases, Recycle got a few of ’em, but they’ve also stocked up on both new and used records, and good ones, too. (I picked through some of their crates yesterday.) They open at 10:30 a.m.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, here’s something I wrote a few years back about the importance of supporting locally owned and independent record stores. Every word still stands … well, except for the part about Boomtown closing last year. This was written in 2009.